Hatfield Forest

Important notice -

Wet weather takes its toll on Hatfield Forest. During the wet winter months we have limited parking on weekends and school/ public holidays. Please help look after the forest and save your visit for the summer.

Ancient royal hunting forest

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What's on

The Kings Driscolls band playing live at Woodfest in Hatfield Forest


Join us for WoodFest in September and experience Hatfield Forest as it comes alive with music, crafts and much, much more...

Upcoming events

Stargazing at the forest

Sat 24 Mar 2018
Join us for an evening of family stargazing in the forest led by astronomers from the Loughton Astronomical Society.

Make yummy scrummy nature Easter Eggs for birds

Wed 04 Apr 2018
Come and make seed and nut Easter Eggs to take home for wildlife.

Family Bushcraft Day 13 April 2018

Fri 13 Apr 2018
Spend a day at Hatfield Forest learning new skills that will stay with you forever!

Introduction to Photography 2018

Wed 16 May 2018
Join us for an introduction to photography in the great outdoors. Learn the basics of camera control and composition as well as picking up some pro-tricks from an award winning photographer, Helen Hooker.

Magical Woodland Elves and Fairies

Tue 29 May 2018
Explore the forest looking for elves and fairies and make your very own woodland wand.

Essex Bridleways Association Horseride

Sat 09 Jun 2018
A horse ride round the Forest organized by the EBA
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Our work

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Eating and shopping

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Tree growing in open parkland in May at Hatfield Forest, Essex.

Professional Courses at Hatfield Forest 

Our team manages a variety of veteran trees and the wildlife the habitat supports. Learn what they know by taking part in one of our professional courses.

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Get involved

A protective basket surrounding a freshly cut stump in Elgins Coppice

Hatfield Forest Coppice Volunteers 

We have a group of volunteers who continue the centuries-old tradition of coppicing